|Dates||5 & 6 September 2019|
In 2015 the Zimbabwe Association of Microfinance Institutions (ZAMFI) in collaboration with key stakeholders which included the Zimbabwe Microfinance Fund (ZMF) launched the Microfinance CEO Winter School. This was specifically for CEOs to come together and discus issues affecting the sector and explore avenues to take the sector to the next level.
Following the success of those winter schools, stakeholders requested for a Summer School for technical staff as the traditional Winter School was more for strategic making staff. This School will take place between 5-6 September 2019.
Why the Summer School
This summer school is being launched in response to the peculiar needs and aspirations of operational staff which is quite distinct from CEO strategic issues largely discussed during the traditional winter school in May every year.
With the microfinance sector expanding and becoming highly competitive, there is intensified need for operational staff to be highly technical, customer-centric and digitally-skilled in the delivery of their services. In this context, the 1st edition of the summer school will focus on digital economy, technological advancement in microfinance, crowd funding, sustainability microfinance models, small enterprise financing, new risks and rural financial outreach.
Which is more important the Winter School or the Summer School
The 2 are complementary but the Summer School is the most critical in that it arms the practitioners with a composite toolbox of nuts and bolts of the MF trade. The CEO School discusses long term issues, policies, what might happen, scenarios, modelling etc. The Summer School will look at what is happening now, intelligence issues, surveillance, survival options, trying to ensure that the institution comes to speed with dynamics and the vagaries of the environment, taking the institution out of the fire. It is a survival school which will ensure that we have as few dinosaurs in our sector as possible and seeks to explore practical new ways of doing things; new markets to be served; and equipping practitioners with new tools to be used in the new ways and/or in the new markets.
The programme will gather middle management microfinance practitioners, drawn from 190 registered MFIs, who have no choice but to broaden their technical knowledge and deepen their insights on regional and international trends in microfinance to date. After successfully attending the programme, each participant shall receive an attendance certificate.
Topics for the Summer School
Well known business leaders in the microfinance, banking, digital, insurance, private and public sector shall present on different technical topics. Through debates and discussions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of issues and be able to develop other key learning insights relevant to the microfinance sector. The following topics will form part of the programme:
- Financial inclusion in a digital economy
- Up-scaling micro& small enterprise financing
- Technological advancements for microfinance business – leveraging on technology for growth.
- What is crowd funding and how can it help financial inclusion
- How to serve the financial needs of small holders farmers [Understanding the environs and peculiar needs of the smallholder farmer – how can MF best respond to the plea of small holder farmers]
- Is there scope & opportunity for delivery of micro insurance by MFIs in Zimbabwe?
- How to balance MFIs sustainability and interest rates in Zimbabwe
- New Products, New Markets and New Risks in Microfinance Sector
- Will microfinance exist - 10 years from now? The view of panellist from different organisations and stakeholders.
- Tackling the barriers to rural financial outreach? Any practical solutions? What can motivate MFIs to best serve these? A panel discussion.
- Innovate or we become the friends of the dinosaur
- We need to explore immediate survival measures
So what should you do?
- Register for your staff